Bayou Maharajah: The Tragic Genius of James Booker
Oriental Theatre Screen 2Sat, Sep 28, 2013 9:15 PM Event Date Passed
Oriental Theatre Screen 2Sun, Sep 29, 2013 9:45 PM Event Date Passed
Fox Bay Cinema Grill Screen 2Mon, Sep 30, 2013 5:00 PM Event Date Passed
Film Info
Section:Sound Vision (Media Sponsors: WMSE 91.7FM & The Pabst Theater)
Runtime:90 min
Event Type:Features
Country of Origin:USA
Original Language:English
Film Sponsor:800-CEO-READ
Community Partners:Maxie’s
Burnhearts Bar
Milwaukee LGBT Film/Video Festival
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Lily Keber
Cast:Harry Connick Jr.
Hugh Laurie
Allen Toussaint
Irma Thomas
Charles Neville
Producer:Lily Keber
Nathaniel Kohn
Cinematographer:David White David White
Editor:Tim Watson
He toured with Aretha Franklin, recorded with Little Richard and mentored a young Harry Connick Jr.; yet despite his standing in the New Orleans jazz scene, James Booker, the self-described "Black Liberace," remains mostly unknown. That won't long be the case with "Bayou Maharajah," an incisive look at the man Dr. John called "the best black, gay, one-eyed junkie piano genius New Orleans has ever produced." Using never-before-seen concert footage, director Lily Keber has crafted a joyous yet unsparing look at a man whose wild imagination and destructive appetites found their only outlet in his virtuoso piano playing.